United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Closed on 16 Oct 2020
Location: Juba (South Sudan)
Grade: P-5, Chief and Senior Professional
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) and is within the Women Protection Office under the Deputy SRSG-P in charge of the Political Pillar. The incumbent will directly report to the Human Rights Director under the overall guidance of the DSRSG-P as per consolidation of protection functions recommendations.


Under the general supervision of the DSRSG, the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will support the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009) 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2242 (2015), 2331(2016) and 2467 (2019) on Conflict-related Sexual Violence.

The Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will work in close collaboration with the Human Rights and Gender unit to ensure the reflection of conflict-related sexual violence perspectives in the work of all mission components. S/he will actively engage with parties to conflict on CRSV concerns and will provide technical advice and assistance to them in collaboration with relevant mission components and UN country team.

Specifically, the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will: Advise the SRSG, DSRSG-P and the senior mission leadership on emerging issues of conflict-related sexual violence and adequate measures to be integrated into the Mission’s implementation plan, guidance and operational activities, continue engaging dialogue with state and non-state parties through the implementation of the joint-communiqué between the Government of South Sudan and the United Nations as well as other unilateral commitments made by parties to conflict to prevent and address conflict-related sexual violence;

Provide guidance on the conflict-related sexual violence agenda to UN system entities, as required;

Engage with the protection Cluster and GBV Sub-Cluster to ensure that decisions and actions from the WG are coordinated; Ensure members of the WG are provided with support for their analysis, reporting and programmatic responsibilities, including with respect to the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangement (MARA) under resolution 1960;

Coordinate the implementation of reporting obligations on conflict-related sexual violence;

Ensures regular information exchange and close coordination in monitoring, verification and reporting with Child Protection Advisers (in peacekeeping and political missions), UNICEF Child Protection Officers or other actors leading on the implementation of 1612/1882 MRM, IMS, OHCHR, GBVIMS data management systems as appropriate;

Provides guidance to human rights officers on integrating CRSV considerations in their work, notably to those assigned in field offices as focal points, including as it relates to monitoring, investigation, reporting awareness-raising, and the provision of technical advice or capacity building activities in their respective mission area;

Strengthens the Human Rights components efforts to protect survivors of sexual violence including in seeking redress and accountability for sexual violence.

Support the work of the Human Rights component Division in the implementation of recommendations related to sexual violence emanating from the human rights treaty bodies, special procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council, including the Universal Periodic Review, as well as of other UN bodies;

Support the work of the Human Rights Division in legislative and rule of law reform in line with international human right norms related to addressing sexual violence.

Support the implementation of a mission wide strategy to address conflict-related sexual violence; In coordination with mission and UNCT , and in collaboration with the Government, NGOs and donors, promote the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies to implement the Joint-Communiqué of the Republic of South Sudan and the UN and Unilateral commitments made by parties to conflict on Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, including advocacy and capacity-building strategies, to address sexual and gender-based violence and conflict-related sexual violence that recognize and promote national ownership;

Strengthen and reinforce coordination and cooperation with donor community, inter-governmental agencies and regional organizations in response to conflict-related sexual violence;

Ensure that conflict-related sexual violence concerns are reflected in Integrated Strategic Frameworks (ISF), Results-based Budgeting (RBB) frameworks, United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and other strategic planning documents. Ensure regular and appropriate information exchange at mission level on conflict-related sexual violence developments, and with UN headquarters focal points;

Implement responsibilities in line with the Terms of Reference for Women’s Protection Advisers, the UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict/SRSG-SVC Provisional Guidance Note, and other relevant UN guidelines and policies; and Perform other relevant duties, as required.


Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter – including in international human rights and humanitarian legal frameworks, international relations, protection of civilians, and gender/SGBV, and relevant Security Council resolutions and mandates, in conflict and post conflict settings, in particular working on issues of conflict-related sexual violence, to establish and maintain effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders to further the mandate of the organization, and to strategically advise and advocate for the integration of conflict-related sexual violence considerations in various fora; Ability to advise high level officials and to undertake dialogue with parties to armed conflict; Demonstrated independent judgement and discretion in advising on and handling sensitive information; Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials; Conceptual and strategic ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters and assess their impact on the protection of civilians from conflict related sexual violence; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

Managerial Competencies

Managing Performance - Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Judgement/Decision-making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, law, international relations, development studies, or a related field. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, protection of civilians, gender, humanitarian affairs, political affairs or a related area is required.
A minimum of three years of field experience working on sexual violence in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required
Experience supporting or facilitating multi-stakeholder policy and/or advocacy processes at the national level is required.
Experience engaging with and advising senior security forces officials and organised armed groups leaders is required.
Experience working in a UN Peacekeeping Operation, Special Political Mission, or other UN and related field operation is desirable


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English, both oral and written is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

UNMISS is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its workforce.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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The United Nations Mission works with the people of South Sudan to protect civilians and build durable peace.

More than 14,000 peacekeepers, police, security and civilian personnel from at least 60 different countries work to deter violence against civilians by providing a safe and secure environment for South Sudanese people who have fled violence and sought sanctuary at Protection of Civilian sites across the country. Peacekeeping patrols are also carried out, where possible, to provide a protective presence in communities across the country.

UNMISS peacekeepers also work to facilitate the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance, such as food, clean water, shelter and healthcare, to the millions of displaced people. The aim is to provide a safe and supported environment so that these people can return to their former homes and communities to live safely and with dignity.

The Mission protects, monitors, investigates, and reports on human rights violations and abuses with a strong focus on the most vulnerable, such as women and children and those who are subjected to sexual and gender-based violence.

The Mission is committed to helping build durable peace in South Sudan. It does this by working as an impartial partner at a national and sub-national level with political, religious, traditional and community leaders as well as at grassroots with communities and individuals across the country. The priorities are to advance reconciliation efforts, to strengthen conflict resolution mechanisms and build national cohesion as well as to engage in regional and international peace initiatives.

UNMISS believes that the path to peace for South Sudan is political rather than through violence. The guns must be silenced so that genuine dialogue and reconciliation can take place and enduring peace be achieved for the people of this country.